Thick and Delicious Low Carb BBQ Sauce

Thick low carb bbq sauce! This easy and delicious recipe can be used as a marinade, basting or serving sauce for meat or seafood dishes!


homemade low carb bbq sauce in a white bowl with orange baster

Low Carb BBQ Sauce Recipe

Finally, I finally have a delicious BBQ sauce that isn’t loaded with sweetener!  Yay! This has been on my recipe must make list FOR-EVER!  Actually, since I made this oven cooked barbecue brisket, I’ve wanted to get a homemade bbq sauce on my site.

Homemade sauces are so much better than the pre-made bottled stuff.  Not only does it taste better because it’s nice and fresh, but it’s also a lot cheaper too!

Plus, when you make your own sauce you are the master of your taste buds.  Like the smoky flavor?  Add some liquid smoke.  Prefer a spicy kick?  Turn on the heat with cayenne pepper! And if you really love sweet bbq sauce you can add more sweetener.

Just remember the type of sweetener added determines how many additional carbs will be added to your diet, so keep with low glycemic sugar alternatives like stevia, monk fruit, erythritol, xylitol or a combination of those options.


homemade low carb bbq sauce in a white bowl


30 Minute Low Carb Barbecue Recipe

This recipe is sweetened naturally from the tomato puree and with just a hint ( 1 1/2 tsp, 3 carbs) of brown sugar blend (Truvia).  No katsup is in this recipe either because most prepared condiments are packed with sweetener like corn syrup!

Like I mentioned, this recipe can be adjusted just the way you like it, including the consistency.  Keep the bbq sauce recipe nice and thick or for a basting sauce go ahead and thin the sauce down by adding more water.


spices for low carb bbq sauce in a black pan


In this recipe there is fresh chopped onion sautéed with avocado oil.  Cook until the onion gets nice and soft, then add the garlic to let the two flavors mingle for a minute.  Once they play nicely add all the spices.  Right away you’ll get a burst of aroma from toasting the spices together.


Ingredients for low carb bbq sauce


Next, you add the remaining ingredients and let everything simmer for about 20 minutes.  Then start taste testing and adjust to your preference!  Remember though that the flavors will continue to develop once it’s done simmering and refrigerated.

Once the sauce cools down you can blend it if you don’t want any trace of the onion or garlic bits.  Personally, I don’t bother.  Bottle up your sauce and use is on everything!


low carb bbq sauce simmering in a black pot


Low carb bbq sauce for chicken or pork

Not only can you use this bbq sauce to baste chicken on the grill or in the oven, but you can also pour it over shredded chicken and make lettuce wraps.  Another favorite recipe is to serve this with shredded pork.  Alan loves this Kalua pork slow cooker recipe, which is delicious with some extra bbq sauce, sandwich style!


low carb bbq sauce over shredded chicken in a brown bowl


Other uses for BBQ sauce

Use your freshly made low carb bbq sauce in these recipes!


chicken lettuce wraps with low carb bbq sauce


low carb bbq sauce in a white bowl with a orange basting brush


homemade low carb bbq sauce in a white bowl with orange baster

Low Carb Barbecue Sauce

Thick and delicious low carb bbq sauce for marinading, basting and dipping all your favorite grilled foods. This simple recipe is easy to adjust to your preference. Like a smoky flavor? Add liquid smoke. Prefer a spicy bbq sauce? Extra cayenne pepper will heat up the sauce.
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Course: Condiment
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 4 cups
Calories: 43kcal
Author: Sandra Shaffer


  • 1/3 cup onion finely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons avocado oil
  • 3 garlic cloves chopped
  • 2 teaspoons dry mustard
  • 3 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoons smoked paprika
  • 26 ounce strained tomatoes
  • 8 ounce tomato paste
  • 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 cup water
  • salt and pepper to taste


  • In a medium sauce pan heat avocado oil over medium heat. Add onion and saute until soft and translucent. Add garlic and cook until fragrant. Stir in dry mustard, chili powder and paprika and cook for approximately one minute.  
  • Add remaining ingredients and simmer for 20 minutes. Season with salt and pepper. Let cool and transfer to glass containers. Store in the refrigerator.


Serving: 1/4 cup | Calories: 43kcal | Carbohydrates: 6g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Sodium: 65mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 3g


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  1. Whether you are no carb – low carb or eating whatever you please, please try this one!! It packs a serious amount of flavor that you will be go glad you tried!! Thanks for the great recipe!

  2. Thanks so much for a BBQ sauce with no ketchup… they are always way to sweet for us! Making ribs right now and plan to try this for them!

  3. BBQ is one of my top 5 favorite condiments. I love love LOVE that this recipe is not loaded with sugar – which means I can eat a lot more of it! You have made me a very happy lady. 😀